It’s June now. The election was eight months ago. It’s kind of a random time for Robin Givhan at The Washington Post to pen a heady thinkpiece about What Michelle Obama, As A Black Woman, Means.
But whatever. I feel like I’m back at the Gender Studies department again!
Givhan, herself a black woman, has written a thoughtful analysis of the precedent Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” set for Michelle Obama, who was and continues to be the foremost black woman in a starring role on a major mainstream TV show.
America’s never had a black president or a black First Lady. But Givhan asks us not to forget about the boob tube, either: the last time Clair Huxtable was on TV was an astonishing 17 years ago. Keep reading »
Nothing says ‘I Love My President’ like a tin of pomade. At least, that’s what the folks at Murray’s must have been thinking when they debuted the ‘Murray’s for Obama’ specialty tin, which is filled with their legendary hair pomade and conditioner. The orange-red can is stamped with a drawing of President and first Lady Obama rocking some pretty classic ‘fros. We totally love Murray’s—that s**t works, but we wonder if they took too much liberty with the Obamas likeness.
Well, whether it’s perceived as cool or too caricature-like, it is for a good cause. The collectors item sells online for up to $4 or $7 bucks a pop, depending on size and a portion of the proceeds goes to support charities. In the eighty-plus years the company has been around this is the first time they have created a custom product for a sitting president. So maybe it is a stylin’ honor. [Murrays]
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Legendary model Iman must have been feeling spicy during her interview with Parade. When asked her thoughts on Michelle Obama, Iman responded:
“Mrs. Obama is not a great beauty, but she is so interesting-looking and so bright. That will always take you farther.” She didn’t stop there. “When you’re a great beauty, it’s always downhill for you. If you’re someone like Mrs. Obama, you just get better with age.”
So far, all’s quiet on the White House front with no response from a spokesperson or Michelle Obama. [United Press International]
We know Michelle is insanely stylish. Even though she’s not a supermodel, she’s probably the most attractive first lady we’ve had since Jackie O.—who was rather “interesting-looking” herself.
What do you think? Was Iman’s comment a tastefully-made point or a tacky remark? Let us know in the comments section. Keep reading »
Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion, a style guide about Michelle Obama, hits shelves on May 5. It’s jam packed with interviews, style tips from Obama, and sketches from designers, including Jason Wu and Catherine Malandrino. You can get a sneak peek over at Glamour, but we don’t need a book to recognize ten trends Obama loves and has re-popularized. Keep reading »
The Michelle Obama-focused style blog Mrs. O is getting into the Obama-inspired fashion business. Don’t worry, the site hasn’t become completely tasteless and started selling knockoffs of her outfits. Instead, they’re copying her in a cheeky way, by putting her style on an American Apparel shirt. The Mrs. O T-shirt is a trompe l’oeil interpretation of Obama’s final presidential debate outfit, a Maria Pinto dress worn with three Erickson Beamon flora brooches pinned to a single strand of peals. The limited edition shirt will be available for $30 starting today, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to Operation USO Care Package, an initiative the real Mrs. O supported in her 2008 holiday greeting. Keep reading »